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Canada’s Updated Coronavirus Regulations for Domestic Travel between Provinces

The coronavirus pandemic has forced countries around the world to take measures to curb the spreading of the disease. These, unfortunately, include travel restrictions and limitations such as flight suspensions and border closures. Several governments have had to limit movement both from/to abroad and within the national territory.

Although Canada registered a total of over 114 thousand cases at the end of July, the situation is stable and the number of contagions much lower than the neighboring United States, currently the country most hit by the virus.

So is it still possible to travel to Canada and are Canada tourist visas still being issued still being issued? And once you are there, what are the internal travel restrictions between Canadian provinces and territories? This article includes useful information for those planning a summer holiday in Canada.

Can I Go to Canada?

A the moment, most people cannot travel to Canada. Those who have already applied for visas will not see their request automatically rejected but may experience delays. Canadian embassies around the world are not making visa appointments. 

New visas are being issued almost exclusively to those who are exempt from the travel ban (for example, Canadians returning home, medical professionals involved in the fight against the virus, essential workers, those in an emergency, spouses and immediate family of Canadian citizens, etc.) Those who show symptoms of coronavirus may not be allowed to board the plane or cross the border. 

The border with the US remains closed for all non-essential travel. This extension is for now intended for August but may remain in place for longer depending on how the pandemic develops.

If you are a Canadian returning home, you will undergo screening at the border and may be subject to mandatory quarantine.

Can I Go to Another Province?

Although the advice from the government is to avoid all non-essential travel abroad, the restrictions between provinces are easing for those who want to explore other Canadian areas during their holidays or visit family members.

During most of the pandemic, travel between territories was discouraged and came with mandatory self-isolation for 14 days. Some provinces have now grouped in ‘bubbles’ and lifted this requirement. Others have decided to allow travel from all provinces. 

The softening of the restrictions is not proceeding at the same pace in all of Canada. It is important to check the local regulations before departure.

Here is a list of provinces that do not enforce self-isolation for Canadian residents who do not experience symptoms:

  • British Columbia
  • Alberta
  • Saskatchewan 
  • Manitoba (no self-isolation for those arriving from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Yukon, the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Northwestern Ontario)
  • Ontario
  • Quebec
  • New Brunswick (self-isolation is lifted only for residents of the Atlantic bubble who travel for work or to visit their family)
  • Prince Edward Island (travel without quarantine allowed for those returning from the Atlantic bubble — New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador)
  • Nova Scotia (Atlantic bubble only)
  • Newfoundland and Labrador (Atlantic bubble only)
  • Northwestern Territories (quarantine is mandatory for everyone except Nunavut residents and those instructed otherwise by the chief public health officer)
  • Nunavut (part of the two-province bubble with the Northwestern Territories. Those coming from other territories must remain in isolation)

Please note that specific exceptions and rules apply. Some provinces require travelers to fill out forms, others permit 24-hour visits for medical reasons only. 

If you are thinking of leaving your province and visiting a different one, you should check the local authorities’ directions for both territories. This way, you will be able to make your travel arrangements and avoid delays and disappointments.

Author Bio: 

Susan Noel is an experienced content writer. She is associated with many renowned travel blogs as a guest author where she shares her valuable travel tips with the audience.

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